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Secure release of Reverend Lim from North Korea, says Minister Pak

It has been confirmed that Reverend Hyeon Soo Lim, leader of the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto has been detained in North Korea. Charges are yet to be revealed. Family, friends, and community are calling for action by Canada and the UN to have him safely released quickly.
Reverend Hyeon Soo Lim, the Mississauga, Ont. pastor, has been detained in North Korea, is shown in North Korea in a handout photo. (Light Korean Presbyterian Church)
The Light Korean Presbyterian Church, where Reverend Hyeon Soo Lim is the head pastor. North Korea has detained Lim, the head pastor of the large Canadian church who went missing after he traveled to the secretive state on a humanitarian mission. (REUTERS/Mark Blinch)

Friday, Canadian officials confirmed that a Canadian citizen - Reverend Hyeon Soo Lim -- had been detained in North Korea. He was supposed to have come home from a trip there on February 4th. But he didn't return. The South Korean-born pastor has visited North Korea more than 100 times on various aid missions.  

Reverend Lim is the head of the three thousand-strong Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto.

Lisa Pak is a long-time friend of the reverend who's now a minister at the Church herself. She says the Canadian government must act quickly to get Reverend Lim back in Canada because he has health issues.

Lisa Pak joined us in our Toronto studio.

This segment was produced by The Current's Sarah Grant.